Could you answer any of the following questions from the 1895 Final Exam for Eighth Grade?
- Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
- Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.
- What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic orthography, etymology, syllabication?
- Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fermandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.
These questions are beyond the scope of most adults today because the expectations in academics have been drastically lowered over the past 100 years.
Although our children may be encouraged to memorize many facts about a subject, they are not able to “think” about the subject areas. The study of a particular subject area is limited.
Harvey Bluedorn, author of Teaching the Trivium, sums up the danger of depending on public schools for academic education:
“Classroom teaching has the inevitable long-term effect of dumbing down the curriculum, reducing the method to minimums, and lowering the quality of results. So, specialized programs must be introduced.”
After studying the public school system, I am surprised to find out that most Americans receive an education historically set for the poor. That’s right, our American government’s public school provides an education that prepares people for a job.
Historically, superior academics and thinking was available to the rich and middle-class. The poor received a “public” education so they could be productive in society and be prepared for a job as an adult.
When your child attends public school today, he will receive just enough education to prepare him for a job. And if you follow the public schools approach to education, your child will receive similar training . . . for a job.
How will you choose how to homeschool?
Follow the public education model?
Or, find a better approach to homeschooling?
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